â€œThe article quoted Vice-President Jusuf Kalla as stating that Singapore â€œnever wants to signâ€ an extradition agreement with Indonesia, and that â€œhopefully, Singapore will change its outlook and will be willing to sign an extradition (agreement)â€. Vice-President Kallaâ€™s comments are incorrect and misleading.
Singapore and Indonesia signed the Extradition Treaty and Defence Cooperation Agreement as a package in April 2007 in Bali. The signing of the package was witnessed by then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In fact, the agreements were signed when Vice-President Kalla was then also the Vice-President of Indonesia.
Both agreements are currently pending ratification by the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR). Singapore is ready to proceed with both agreements once Indonesia is ready to do so. Notwithstanding, Singapore and Indonesia continue to enjoy good bilateral cooperation in law enforcement and in dealing with criminal matters.